Don’t get too excited. It wasn’t Dave and I having a spectacular Valley of Fire wedding but my little sister. Neither of us are fussy about weddings or getting married and so when Joe proposed they decided to have an affordable wedding in one of Joe’s favourite cities – Las Vegas.
Now I know Las Vegas weddings seem kitschy or even tacky with Elvis presiding in a little white chapel. But that’s not the only kind of ceremony you can have – take a look at what Joe planned for a wedding in the Valley of Fire – that’s right, the groom planned this.
Planning a destination wedding isn’t easy, in Las Vegas alone there are so many options. You can pretty much get married any way you’d like in Sin City. A Valley of Fire wedding is one to consider, look at the stunning landscape.
Weddings in Vegas are a huge business and so I asked the groom if he now had tips to share:
Tips for a Valley of Fire Wedding
1. Avoid long weekends and holidays. It’s more expensive and busy.
2. Research and read reviews on every supplier from wedding company to limo companies and restaurants etc.
3. Talk to people on the phone about your booking, ask for an email confirmation.
4. If a wedding company is planning your wedding, make sure to follow their itinerary. They often have more than one wedding in a day. If you run late, photography could be cut short.
5. If other people come to Vegas they want a vacation too. Don’t plan the whole trip, ask them to commit to the wedding day the rest is free time.
6. Get the marriage licence the day before.
7. Make sure all the guests know the itinerary for the day.
8. All guests should stay in the same hotel. They will be easier to wrangle.
9. Let the hotel know you’re getting married as you’ll probably get a room upgrade.
10. Arrive a day or two before but stay out of the sun to avoid a burn and don’t get drunk the day before the wedding.
11. Don’t forget about tips! Make sure to budget for everyone you hire, wedding company, limo, photographer, restaurant/reception.
12. Have fun, it’s Vegas!
Not planning a wedding in Las Vegas but still want to have fun?
Joe has written two racy non-fiction books:
It Doesn’t Stay in Vegas – The Saga of the Unorthodox Gentleman
The Redemption of the Unorthodox Gentleman